September 27, 2013

Note on GMO Labeling


I have no faith in state governments to faithfully enforce meaningful labeling rules. The better way, and the only way, is total abolition of GMOs, and this will only come if the people rise to do it. Meanwhile the movement to achieve state-level labeling is best carried out as a vehicle for building permanent grassroots abolition organizations. These need to start out as vigilance groups, forcing state governments to enforce the policies and publicizing failure to do so. As for the central government, the only way it’ll ever institute a labeling policy will be as a sham whose only teeth will be in pre-empting state labeling policy.
All this is why I tell people never to view labeling as a panacea. Those who implicitly call it such are really trying to keep anti-GMO activism fenced in, in typical liberal fashion. Just look at the California campaign, designed by “professionals”, designed as a disposable “election”-type campaign, designed to fail. From that point of view, GMO labeling is supposed to be another version of the “co-existence” scam. That’s why Whole Foods, Gary Hirschfeld, and others are trying to hijack the labeling movement, because they were caught out badly before their customers in 2011. I predict that if the state-level momentum continues to build, perhaps if Initiative 522 in Washington passes, there will be another coalition of industrial organic and the Agriculture Department, this time with Monsanto’s support rather than its veto, to put through a federal-level scam “labeling” policy.
But as far as labeling being “increased regulation”, the way some people fret, government regulation has already built industrial agriculture and food in the first place. It’s absurd to suddenly take fright from a minor tweak which is supposed to rein in one of the worst abuses, the criminal secrecy and deception about what’s in our food. In the same way that anyone who shrieks about raw milk but cares nothing about GMOs or subtherapeutic antibiotic use in CAFOs has zero credibility as far as caring about food safety, so anyone who bristles at GMO labeling but doesn’t seem to mind Big Ag subsidies, globalization treaties, patents on plants, corporate “rights”, and so on, has zero credibility as far as caring about government regulation, since industrial agriculture could not exist other than as a planned economy project of big governments.


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  1. […] by parts of the system will become acceptable to various coalitions within the system. Yesterday I predicted that we’ll soon see “co-existence” redux, centering on a central government labeling policy, which will actually be a sham whose only real […]

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